Help us spread the word about our annual Bat Art Contest! The contest is for all ages (categories in three age groups). Those who enter have a chance to win cash $$$ prizes!
Entries are due 16 September 2016, so spread the word and get started on your project.
For more details and to enter visit our page, Bat Festival Art Contest.
We hope to see you at our 10th Annual Indiana Bat Festival! This is a free event for the whole family that includes lots of kids activities, presentations with live bats and other wildlife, plus exciting presentations from scientists who study bats from right here in Indiana and all around the world!
Check back for a detailed schedule, but for now – add this to your calendar, spread the word, share on facebook, and get started on your project for our art contest!
Indiana State University is looking to hire a field technician with experience in telemetry to work on a bat presence study in the North Cherokee National Forest. The focus of this study is to compare the efficacy of acoustic data, GIS models, and traditional mist netting survey methods for predicting the presence of Indiana and Northern long-eared bats. The successful applicant will be working on a small crew with a graduate student to conduct acoustic surveys, radio telemetry, mist netting and emergence counts – with work being during both the day and night. Additional duties will include data entry, gear maintenance, decontamination following white-nose protocols, and various other tasks. The position will start late May and run to early August. The successful candidate will obtain experience in multiple bat survey methods while learning bat ID and gaining telemetry experience in mountainous terrain.
Candidates with rabies vaccines will have the opportunity to handle bats, but rabies vaccine/bat handling experience is not a requirement for this position. Preference given to those with telemetry experience.
Please see the following document for required qualifications, salary and how to apply:
2015 ISU TN Telemetry Job Announcement
Whether you own, manage, or regularly use a swimming pool, we are interested in hearing from you. Do you see bats at your pool? If your answer is yes, please take the survey and tell us more about your observations. If you don’t see bats, we still want you to take the survey so we can learn more about pools bats don’t seem to use.
Thanks to The Weather Channel for posting an excellent video (Do Bats Crave Your Pool?) that highlights our results from the first year of the survey and explains why we need more data. This article from Inside Science (Mom, There’s a Bat in the Pool!) gives an in-depth explanation of why bats use pools and why they might get trapped in pools. Our goal is to obtain 1000 responses this summer. With the data from this survey, we will have a better understanding of where bats use pools and how to manage pools to minimize the chances that a bat will drown when they swoop down to take a drink.
Click on the Hoary Bat below to navigate to the survey page!
Thanks for your help!
With so many conservation issues challenging bat populations around the world, it is critical to train the next generation of bat researchers in the skills and abilities needed to study bats effectively. ISU Bat Center graduate student Vanessa Rojas is training undergraduate Alexis Bender to deploy a passive acoustic detector for bat surveys in northeast Tennessee. Alexis is conducting her own independent research project this summer, gathering acoustic data via driving transects to better understand the distribution of bats in this region. She and several other undergraduate students are getting their first exposure to bats on a Bat Center project this season.